6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving

Since 2012, the IARS International Institute has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world.

The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. Their aim is to recognise and reward outstanding young people and projects that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are making positive contributions to their communities in an Awards Ceremony that will be held on 28 May 2019 in Central London

Chairs of the event:

Jerome Burke (IARS Trustee)
Leo Robertson (Member of the
IARS Youth Advisory Board)

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS’ Founder and Director/ 99% Campaign)

Councillor Nick Johnson (Surrey Docks Ward, Liberal Democrats)
Sharniya Ferdinand (Business Inclusion Programme Coordinator, Commercial & Private Banking, NatWest)
Bridget Galloway (Southwark Council)
Robert Posner (Director, 5Rights Foundation)
Sue Sanders (Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute, Chair of Schools OUT UK, Founder LGBT History Month UK & The Classroom)
Eva de Luis Eurodesk – Erasmus + UK National Agency

There will be free food and drinks as well as …. music performance by young singer Marianna Josep (winner of the Music School Greece)!

The event will take place in
Canada Water Theatre
21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

28/05/2019 18:00-20:00

The awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations. This is a free event, refreshments will be served but booking is required (see below)

You do not need to be based in the UK to receive an award. It can be an ongoing or a completed piece of work. You do not need to have worked with IARS. However, your contribution to IARS mission & vision must be identifiable through examples and where possible, evidence.

Nominations for 6 categories are now open to the public; calling on individuals and organisations to put forward young individuals with inspiring and leadership credentials. Self-nominations are also accepted. We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organisations that showcase their contribution to IARS mission & vision. All categories and awards criteria can be found below. Nominations should be submitted by 25th May 2019. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

The theme for this year’s awards is young people who make a difference to their communities; through projects, movements or business. 

We want to hear from young people aged who have done something amazing this year – whatever it may be. We’ve kept our categories broad so that we can capture a variety of outstanding work that is happening thanks to young people, everywhere. See categories, sponsors and prizes below!


If you would like to nominate any young people or organisations, please submit the form including both the nominees contact e-mail and yours. Nominations close on the 22 May 2019, and all finalists will be e-mailed shortly afterwards to confirm attendance.


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Why your specified nominee deserves an Award (max 500 words):

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The Community Leader Award

Who is the award for? For the young person aged 15-25 who has shown true leadership by helping and inspiring others to contribute to their community and deliver IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. The successful candidate should fulfil the following criteria:

  • The young person has demonstrated that they have led others to participate in social problem solving;
  • The young person provides examples of how others have been encouraged to contribute to their communities as a result of their activities.
  • The young person shows determination in leading others in their community to tackle a specific social issue.

Prize:TBC

 
The Peacemaker of the Year Award

Who is this award for? Originally created to recognise the efforts of those who strove to counteract the consequences from the August 2011 riots in England, this award is for a young person (aged 13-25) who has made a significant contribution to the community by helping victims of crime overcome the stress and trauma they have suffered, reducing conflict and harm by promoting healing through the use of restorative justice principles and processes, or by working with other individuals to create a positive image of young people in the UK. The successful candidate should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated how their activities have made a positive impact in the community, supported victims to overcome troubling life experiences, or promoted the use of restorative justice principles and practices.
  • Has carried out activities which promote youth activism.
  • Has demonstrated leadership potential and has played a key role in achieving IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Prize: TBC

The Youth Research Project Award

Who is the award for? For the project that has produced new research that has made a significant contribution to IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. Nominations on best research projects can also be made by choosing papers from IARS’ Youth Voice Journal. The successful project should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The research must focus on an area of youth policy or an issue affecting young people with bonus points for projects that have involved young people in the research process.
  • The project has undertaken action research, promoting participation of the community.
  • The research is independent, credible, focused and current.
  • The project has contributed to research which forms a solid evidence base for policy makers in the UK or in Europe.
  • The research has fed into wider debate on the topic. 

 Prize: A one-year membership to IARS (worth £200)!

Youth Digital Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 15-25) who has produced any form of multimedia content that covers youth topics.  Check out the 99% Campaign Prezis for some inspiration on using/producing multimedia content here and here. The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

    • The material promotes or documents a youth related issue through digital storytelling i.e. photo gallery, short video, podcast etc.;
    • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The piece shows a personal take on youth issues and demonstrates creativity.

Prize: 3 hours mentorship with Leonardo Castellanos, Partner of SAATCHiNVEST 

SAATCHiNVEST.com is a seed venture capital vehicle, established by M&C Saatchi, investing in startup companies and leveraging digital technology to solve everyday problems in a simple way. Leo is a public speaker and panelist on Investment Readiness, Business Models, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialisation and Product Innovation. 

The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 15-25)  who has produced a high quality written piece (article/blog) that raises a social issue relevant to young people and showcases journalistic endeavour in their work.

The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The piece addresses an issue/story in an original way;
  • Depth and quality of the research;
  • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The subject matter fits the key message of the campaign; promoting a more positive image of young people;
  • The piece has the potential to spark debate amongst young people

Prize: £20 Amazon voucher + publication of an article in the next edition of the 99% Campaign Magazine.

The Partnership Award of the Year

Who is the award for? For a public or private and third sector partnership project that has worked effectively with young people to actively involve them in social problem solving and/or enabled them to influence decision-making processes.   Joint or multiple organisational applications are accepted. The successful partnership should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated how they have acted as a partnership that supports young people to shape decision making processes and/or contribute to social problem solving.
  • Forged a partnership that aims to make society fairer and more inclusive and share best practice.
  • Forged a partnership which encourages the active participation of young people in the broader community

Prize: A year’s mentorship with James Bryan of Clipr Tech and UBER in Birmingham.

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